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BETTY KYALLO’S KAREN RESTAURANT RISKS CLOSURE

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Karen and Lang’ata residents are not a happy lot since they have expressed their displeasure with the operations of a newly launched restaurant called The Summer House in Karen, Nairobi.

The Summer House is owned by Media personality Betty Kyallo.

In a statement dated November 25 from the Karen Lang’ata District Association addressed to the Nairobi City County Government, they say the restaurant has caused unprecedented noise pollution by playing loud music at night, causing inconvenience and discomfort to those who live near it.

“We demand that the Nairobi City County Government immediately closes the facility and withdraw any approvals or licenses issued to The Summer House,” reads the letter in part.

According to them, The Summer House, which opened its doors to the public two months ago, allegedly did not follow required process when seeking to develop the property as is required by law.

“There was no change of user from residential to commercial permission sought from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) or Nairobi County Government to our knowledge. There was no public participation exercise conducted to give residents an opportunity to vent their views about the planned development.” They claimed.

The residents also raised the issue of noise pollution which Governor Johnson Sakaja’s administration has vowed to deal with in City estates and now want the Nairobi City County Government to close the facility within seven days from when they issued the statement.

“The facility must be closed within seven days from today as our members who reside next to the facility have been affected by the operations of the said facility.”

By Stella Anyango

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